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News Summary: Consumer group sues FDA over drug

SAFETY QUESTION: Public Citizen says it’s filed a federal lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market …


French judges to exhume Arafat body in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The widow of Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that French investigators will soon visit the West Bank to dig up the remains of her husband in …


Consumer group sues FDA over Aricept safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — A consumer group pressing the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market is suing the agency for …


Detective: Amish man admitted beard, hair attacks

CLEVELAND (AP) — A detective who investigated Amish beard- and hair-cutting attacks in Ohio says a suspect admitted involvement and said he would have cut more beards if he had …


Jurors deliberate at Drew Peterson’s murder trial

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors at Drew Peterson’s murder trial withdrew Wednesday to begin deliberations on whether the former Illinois police sergeant murdered his third wife. Peterson pleaded not guilty …


Sheriff describes Ohio Amish beard-cutting scene

CLEVELAND (AP) — The sheriff in a county with one of the nation’s biggest Amish settlements testified Wednesday that residents were upset and screaming after a community leader had his …


NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the …


Jurors to begin deliberations at Peterson trial

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Now, it’s jurors’ turn. After years of speculation, national media attention and more than a month of testimony, allegations that Drew Peterson murdered his third wife …


NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will consider legal arguments by a strip club on whether nude dancing is an art and deserves a state tax exemption as …


Chance encounter prompts torture suspect’s arrest

DENVER (AP) — A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in …


Attorneys in Peterson trial deliver closings

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in Drew Peterson’s murder trial implored jurors Tuesday to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state …


Deliberations in Peterson trial to start Wednesday

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson’s murder trial Tuesday that the state’s case against him is “garbage evidence.” Prosecutors said it’s just common sense that …


Police: NJ boy, 6, killed saving sister in attack

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy whose throat was slashed by an intruder high on PCP-laced marijuana was killed trying to save his sister, coming to her aid as …


Defense: Evidence against Drew Peterson ‘garbage’

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A defense lawyer at Drew Peterson’s murder trial has told jurors that the state presented “garbage evidence.” Attorney Joel Lopez said during his two-hour closing Tuesday …


Judge rules for students in immigrant-tuition suit

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Florida college students cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents may be in the U.S. illegally. The lawsuit …


Jackson estate, businessman settle copyright case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate and a businessman working with the singer’s mother settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for $2.5 million on Tuesday, shortly before a trial in …


Prosecutor gives closing in Drew Peterson case

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor on Tuesday called on jurors to convict Drew Peterson of murder, saying there’s enough circumstantial evidence to warrant a guilty verdict against the former …


Prosecutor to jury: Clear Peterson killed 3rd wife

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor has asked jurors to use “common sense” and to convict former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of killing his third wife. Prosecutor Chris …


Judge orders sex change for Mass. murder convict

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered state prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder. U.S. District …


Closing arguments set to start in Peterson trial

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys deliver closing arguments at Drew Peterson’s trial Tuesday, after which jurors will begin deliberations on whether the state proved the former Illinois police officer murdered …


NJ police seek answers in attack on sleeping kids

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — With his mother in the hospital and his father out of state, a 6-year-old boy and his siblings were under the care of a teenager when …


ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least …


Mexico extradites Eduardo Arellano Felix to US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexico extradited Eduardo Arellano-Felix to the United States Friday, marking what one U.S. official said was the end of a 20-year investigation into the once-mighty drug …


German drug firm makes 1st apology for thalidomide

BERLIN (AP) — The German manufacturer of a notorious drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with shortened arms and legs, or no limbs at all, issued its …


Mom upset daughter’s attacker on run after verdict

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — The mother of a young Texas girl who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a group of men and boys over several months says she’s upset one …


Defendant in Texas rape case vanishes during trial

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — The first defendant to face trial among a group of men and boys accused of repeatedly raping a young Texas girl vanished Wednesday during a break …


Suspect in Fort Hood shooting heads back to court

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army soldier accused of opening fire on a Texas military post is expected to appear in court for the first time since an appeals …


Kim Kardashian and Old Navy settle lawsuit over ad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian has settled a lawsuit against Old Navy claiming the clothing retailer violated her publicity rights by using a lookalike in an ad. Kardashian sued …


NYC man gets 40 years to life for dismembering boy

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hardware store clerk who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to …


Official: Lindh, other Muslim inmates are defiant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslims housed at a special federal prison unit in Indiana have used the guise of religion to show defiance …